If youre like me and you’re currently deciding which console will be your first next-gen purchase, the decision just became more difficult. Alienware was poised to release a Steam Machine console, but since Valve decided to push its Steam Machine program to 2015, Alienware has decided to take their console and run with it, debuting the Alienware Alpha.

The Alienware Alpha is essentially a 64-bit Windows 8.1 PC that comes with a wireless Xbox 360 controller, though Xbox One controllers will work too. The basic Alienware Alpha model will be powered by a Core i3 Haswell processor and 4GB of RAM and offer a 500GB hard drive, dual-band 802.11ac 11 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI out, gigabit Ethernet, and 2 USB 3.0 ports. It will use a custom-built GPU with 2GB of dedicated RAM.

The consoles will ship in Q4 2014 and the basic version will retail for $549. The Alienware Alpha console can also be customized with a Core i5 or i7, up to 8GB of RAM, a 2TB HDD, and 802.11ac 2×2 Wi-Fi. Alienware will still release an Alpha Steam Machine next year.

Before E3, I was pretty set on getting a PlayStation 4. After E3, I began seriously considering a Wii U. Now there’s the Alpha, which has definitely captured by curiosity. I should probably just buy them all to be safe, right?

via BGR

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